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A History of Egypt


  • 2 maps
  • Page extent: 198 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.33 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521700764)

Egypt occupies a central position in the Arab world. Its borders between sand and sea have existed for millennia and yet, until 1952, the country was ruled by foreigners. Afaf al-Sayyid Marsot explores the paradoxes of Egypt's history in an updated edition of her successful A Short History of Modern Egypt. Charting the years from the Arab conquest, through the age of the Mamluks, Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, the liberal experiment in constitutional government in the early twentieth century, followed by the Nasser and Sadat years, the new edition takes the story up to the present day. During the Mubarak era, Egyptians have seen major changes with the rise of globalization and its effects on their economy, the advent of new political parties, the entrenchment of Islamic fundamentalism and the consequent changing attitudes to women. This short history is ideal for students and travelers.

• New edition of a concise and extremely readable account of Egypt's history • The second edition brings the history up to the present day, and includes an analysis of the rise of fundamentalist Islam • The book will appeal to anyone interested in Egypt whether an average reader, a student, a professional or businessman or a tourist


1. The Arab conquest of Egypt to the end of the Ayyubi dynasty, 639–1250; 2. The age of the mamluks, 1250–1516; 3. The Ottoman age, 1516–1805; 4. The beginning of the state system, 1805–1922; 5. The liberal experiment, 1922–52; 6. The Nasser years, 1952–70; 7. From Sadat to Mubarak, 1970 to the present day; Select bibliography.


'A Short History of Modern Egypt is an excellent short book. In under l50 pages, Professor Afaf Marsot has managed to give a coherent picture of Egypt since the Arab-Muslim conquest in the year AD 639 … [she] has told the story of Egypt very ably indeed.' James Piscatori, American Arab Affairs

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